Latest hateful act against Muslim community ‘crossed a line,’ Couillard says – Montreal

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says a line has been crossed with the torching of a mosque leader’s car. He’s calling on citizens to come together and take a clear stand against hate.

Police confirmed Wednesday a car belonging to Mohamed Labidi, president of the Quebec City mosque where six men were shot dead in January, was set on fire earlier this month.

The incident occurred the day after Quebec City’s mayor announced an agreement with the mosque on the creation of a new Muslim cemetery in the city.

“The more that people who commit these acts feel condemned by society, the more — I hope — it’ll be harder for them to repeat them,” Couillard told reporters Thursday.

Couillard said political leaders and influential people in the media have the responsibility to choose their words carefully.

Public figures need to “send the right information and to participate in…

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